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trip a nomsSix seniors from Osseo Area Schools three comprehensive high schools have been named this year’s Triple A Award nominees. Triple A Award winners are students who are recognized for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.


Molly Caven: Molly maintains a 3.96 grade point average while participating in track and as the captain of the Nordic ski and cross country teams. She also plays the clarinet in band, is a member of National Honor Society and a Link Crew leader.

Evan Ditter: Evan maintains a 4.04 grade point average. He earned all-conference in soccer and participates in tennis. Evan also plays percussion in the band.


Meghan Corniea: Meghan maintains a 4.01 grade point average while participating in two sports. She is a 4-year tennis player, most recently a captain and all-conference honorable mention. She also played lacrosse for three years. Meghan participates in orchestra and is a member of several clubs including National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, FOCUS, and Junior Leadership (2014-2015).

John Nguyen: John maintains a 3.7 grade point average while participating in soccer for three years, cross country for one year, and Nordic ski for five years where he also took on the role of captain. John also participates in garage band, choir and is a FOCUS group member.


Grant Engeman: Grant has maintained a 3.865 grade point average while participating as a five-year soccer player and two-year track and field participant. He is an academic letter winner. He also has spent five years in marching band and has participated in pep band, math team, speech team, performed in the one-act play and school musicals.

Heather MacMurdo: Heather maintains a 3.983 grade point average as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme candidate. She has been named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. Heather has been an all-conference honorable mention swimmer for four years and has lettered in Nordic Ski for the last four years where she also serves as captain this year. She has participated in track and field for three years and is a captain this year. Heather participates in National Honors Society, is a five-year member of Marching Band, participated in pep band for three years and is an academic letter winner.

All six students will now move on to the regional competition. A multi-level process involving the League’s member schools and administrative regions will select Triple “A” Award recipients. League officials will announce the four award recipients (a girl and a boy from both Class "A" and Class "AA" school) at a special banquet this spring. Each award recipient will receive a four-year $1,000 scholarship.

Established in 1988, the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award (Triple “A” Award) is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award is given to high school seniors who have a “B” or better grade point average and who participate in league-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities.

Additional information about the Triple "A" Award may be obtained by contacting the Minnesota State High School League at 763-560-2262 or by visiting the League's Web site at www.mshsl.org.

-Published Jan. 5, 2016